KingoRoot is one of the most used one-click rooting applications for Android devices.

KingoRoot won’t work on every Android smartphone and tablet out there in existence, but no one-click rooting tool ever does. Plus, they mention the compatible devices list, for the most part, from their website as well. Compatible manufacturers include Samsung, Google, Lenovo, Motorola, Huawei, Sony, Micromax, Alcatel, ZTE, and devices from 85 other mobile manufacturers from around the world. They also admit that just because a device isn’t listed on the website doesn’t mean it’s not supported either, so you should still give the rooting method a go anyway just in case it does work.

Not to be confused with KingRoot, KingoRoot is a one-click rooting tool that has been around for a while longer. Ideally, they had names that were a bit more different than what they currently are, for the sake of avoiding confusion, and even though they are different tools, they do work similarly. KingRoot is actually probably compatible with more devices as of today, so if KingoRoot doesn’t work for you, you can try KingRoot—after giving the KingoRoot desktop application a go first, of course.

As far as one-click rooting tools go, KingoRoot is up there with the best of them, particularly today when few of these tools offer support for the most recent versions of Android. As you probably know, Android security changed drastically over the years, and particularly after Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It was at that point—or even Android 5.0 (Lollipop) for some others–that some of these one-click rooting tools stopped being developed. But KingoRoot has continued on the trend, becoming available for Android versions all the way up to Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) right now and it’ll likely eventually keep going as well, adding support for the newer Android 8.0 Orero.

KingoRoot comes in two different forms: the Android APK file that is the quickest and easiest way to get root access, plus the desktop application that allows you to run KingoRoot from PC. The desktop version of rooting tools requires you to connect the Android device to the computer with the USB cable and to have the USB drivers installed on the computer, too. Subsequently, it’s the desktop app version of KingoRoot that is used less, but it’s also the version that developers suggest you give a try the most because it should, in theory, give a higher success rate of coming up with root access.

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

KingoRoot Features

One-Click Root: KingoRoot is a one-click rooting solution. Whether you are using the Android APK for the desktop app, KingoRoot will always require one click or tap of a button to start the rooting process. If you use the desktop version, you’ll need to enable the USB Debugging Mode, then connect to the computer, with the Android USB drivers already installed, and then click on the button for checking for root from the KingoRoot interface.

Simple Interface: The KingoRoot interface is really easy to use, designed for your convenience. As soon as you open the application (Android or on PC), you’ll quickly see the button you need to press for checking for root access. It’s not possible to get lost once you’ve got the app opened. And the newer the version of the tool that you’re using, the more user-friendly it has gotten.

Works Offline: You don’t need to have a working internet connection to use the KingoRoot application and get root access. Apart from needing to get it download onto your Android device, if you’re using the Android APK, it’ll still manage to root your device without the internet connection, which makes it unique to other tools that often need to search for rooting methods using an online connection before then applying them to the device.

Unique Kingo SuperUser: KingoRoot has its own branded SuperUser version named “Kingo,” meaning you won’t be finding the SuperSU that you would have when you flash SuperSU from a custom recovery image, nor will you find KingUser that is installed when using other one-click applications such as KingRoot. For some, that’s a positive thing, particularly if you wanted to avoid KingUser or one of the other rooting apps. The Kingo SuperUser can be found from the app drawer, opened and used much the same as the alternatives.

Download KingoRoot APK (All Versions)

There’s really nothing to getting the Windows KingoRoot desktop application to work: just download it, open it up on the computer, connect your device to the PC while in USB Debugging Mode and then look out for the button that checks for root access from the interface of the application. But if you would like a detailed guide on exactly how it’s done, you can check out how to use the KingoRoot application.

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